Phoenix Theatre



  • A theater on Charing Cross Road, London, opened by Sidney Bernsteinin 1930 on a site once occupied by the Alcazar Music Hall. It openedwith the first production of Noël Coward's PrivateLives, starring the author and Gertrude Lawrence. ThePhoenix maintained its association with Coward for many years andin 1969 he opened the theater bar that had been named after him.

    Coward and Lawrence appeared together again in Tonightat 8.30, a series of one-act plays presented in 1936. During WorldWar II John Gielgud starred in Congreve's Love for Love (1943)and Cicely Courtneidge in Under the Counter (1945). Subsequentproductions have included works by Thornton Wilder, Terence Rattigan,John Osborne and Bertolt Brecht. The Phoenix's longest run was a musicaladaptation of Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales (1968) which logged2082 performances. More recent successes have included Stoppard'sNight and Day (1978), Simon Gray's The Common Pursuit(1988), and Willy Russell's musical Blood Brothers (1993),which was still running in 2010.